Putting a UGA slant on all these coaching changes

A former UGA player coaching the Gators ... who'da thunk it? (Associated Press)

A former UGA player coaching the Gators ... who'da thunk it? (Associated Press)

Will Muschamp, huh? Like just about everyone else, I didn’t see that coming. It’ll be interesting to watch what having a former Dawg in charge in Gainesville does to the rivalry.

And if Muschamp manages to lure Kirby Smart away from Alabama for a lateral move as defensive coordinator, as rumors have him trying to do, what would that say to Mark Richt, who was unable to do the same with Smart last year? Think that would get Smart drummed out of the Georgia Lettermen’s Club?

It’ll be fun to see where Gus Malzahn winds up, too. And how long Dan Mullen remains at Mississippi State.

Meanwhile, what did you think of the UGA team of the decade they announced Saturday night? Do Ben Jones and Clint Boling from the underperforming current offensive line really belong on that list?

So there’s a lot to talk about and you can continue to do that here, even though I’m on vacation this week. The Blawg will return next week. Until then …

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Buckhead Dawg

December 13th, 2010
9:17 am

yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
9:18 am

first i am- an article by the bearded troll i did sense.

Snoop Dawg

December 13th, 2010
9:30 am

UGA is screwed as long as the wimpy regents, UGA President, and AD procrastinate in firing the most incompetent coach in the SEC, Mark Richt and his entire team of overpaid losers. The rest of the SEC continues to put distance between us and them while we mill around aimlessly.

Daniel's Dawgs

December 13th, 2010
9:31 am

I hope Muschamp has the same success (or lack of success) in Jacksonville that he had as a player, as a coach.

Jamie

December 13th, 2010
9:32 am

Florida is weaker, they now have a guy with no head coaching experience.
Meyer won 2 National Championships in a short span, that kind of quality will not be there.

If Smart heads to Florida, even better, Alabama will nw be weaker too.

The news just keeps on getting better for Georgia fans.

D

December 13th, 2010
9:33 am

Muschamp will own mark richt. Richt had his chance and blew it. His career is over.

Marc Wabich

December 13th, 2010
9:34 am

We’re gonna take him out!! You hear me, Muchamp’s a trader!! YOu heard it here, first, from the HEDGEDAWG!!

CANTONDAWG

December 13th, 2010
9:38 am

Here’s my take of the coaching changes from a Bulldog fans perspective.

Willl Muschamp (Florida) – This is a big win for UGA. UM is one of the top 2 coaches in college football and perhaps the best recruiter and he’s being replaced by someone with no HC experience. I don’t think he will be a Ron Zook but he can only dream of being as good as UM.Big plus for dawgs.

Gus Malzahn (Auburn-Vandy) – This is also a big plus for UGA. Take Malzahn away from a team with talent that makes his offense dangerous and put him at Vandy. His schemes are great but he’ll never get a Cam Newton at Vandy to hurt the dawgs. Another big plus

Dan Mullen (Mississippi State)- staying put. this is a mixed bag for the dawgs. We have to play him next year but he hasn’t left for another job. If for some reason CMR is let go next year then he’s our man to be next coach at UGA. this is a plus also.

I would like to add that i’m a CMR fan and hopes he goes 14-0 and wins the NC next year. However, i’m also a realist that puts UGA first and think that you have to be held accountable for the job you produce. 3 subpar seasons in a row gets you fired at UGA

dawgmania

December 13th, 2010
9:40 am

Mushchamp, Smart, and Bobo have always been close and have dreamed of coaching together. So Smart leaving to coach with his friend doesn’t surprise me.. plus he may get more freedom to actually “coach” the defense. Don’t be surprised if Bobo wants to join him, but as a Dawg fan, I hope he stays. With Gus M. probably leaving for Vandy, UGA could have a decent shot of having a good year next year. Smart wanted to come to UGA with Richt last year, but Saban talked him out of it. These three guys are close and would love the chance to coach together. Let’s hope Bobo stays…. regardless of what the idiotic fans say about him.

Who can blame Gus for wanting to leave Auburn too? His #1 player is leaving to go to the NFL and now he has a chance to doubling his salary? Look out for yourself and your future by padding the wallet… coaching life in the SEC doesn’t last long. Richt is the exception – thank goodness.

Jamie

December 13th, 2010
9:40 am

I feel sorry for Florida. $20 million, and Meyer told them to take the job and shove it. No other head coach would even interview for it.

So, they settled for a coach with no head coaching experience, coming off a 5-7 season.

Pity the Gators folks, it’s a tough time to be a Gator.

Evansdawg

December 13th, 2010
9:40 am

Its Mark Richt’s program to lose. The don’t pay me for making decisions but if they did and I were in CMR’s position after the year we just had…I’d be overhauling just about everything. There would be a come to Jesus meeting with Grantham, Bobo would go back to being QB coach (or gone), I’d either take over the reigns of OC myself (considering that is the talent that made him an HC) or realize that UGA deserves a top tier OC and go get one. Then I would recruit like it was life threatening. At least it would show some authority to the fans, instead of sending messages of complacency and stagnation. Those are the two words that best describe where our program is…complacent, and stagnant.

Snoop Dawg

December 13th, 2010
9:43 am

Cantondawg, what are you smoking? Since when has three subpar seasons at UGA gotten someone fired? Donnan didn’t have three subpar years. They blew it big time when they traded Donnan for Richt.

Al

December 13th, 2010
9:46 am

I hope CMR will turn things around next season, But……If I were McGarity I would already have my short list and be talking behind the scenes. Unless we win the SEC East next season, we are going to need a few new faces on the sidelines.

JaxDawg05

December 13th, 2010
9:48 am

Will Muschamp is an interesting hire to say the least. I will pull for Will every Saturday but one, but not sure what to think without knowing the OC and DC coming in. Not sure why Kirby Smart would make a lateral move one year after not making the same move last year.

CANTONDAWG

December 13th, 2010
9:48 am

Snoopdawg,

What are you smoking. CJD never won an SEC championship and never even played in one. He lost to GT, TN, AU and FL on a regular basis. CMR has won 2 championships and played for another and finished top 10 6 times. Evidently, you have forgotten that under Donnan we were lucky to be in the top 25. Yes, the past 2 years have been bad but the first 8 were damn good.

yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
9:49 am

almost correct you are snoop dawg. coach goff, we need, not donnan.

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yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
9:51 am

cantonesedawg- your food i like, your comments i do not. much education you need. coach goff we must have now

Sanford Drive

December 13th, 2010
9:51 am

(((((42-34))))) hahahahaha!!!

Is there a group of fans who vicariously live through another group of fans more than the Techies living through Florida????

9-1. So glad it hurts more than you’ll EVER admit!!!

GatorBait 18-3

December 13th, 2010
9:52 am

Jamie

Don’t worry about poor Florida. The Gators worst team in 20 years still beat their “lap dawgs” UGA.

As I recall, Florida’s DC Bob Stoops had no HC expeerience when he went to Oklahoma—————–how did that work out pal?

yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
9:53 am

sanord drive- restraint you need or jedi you will not become

Will

December 13th, 2010
9:53 am

No coach in his right mind would move to The Cesspool of the South and try to coach UGA’s gang of illiterate thugs and morons. So you may as well keep Richt, and just forget winning the SEC – it ain’t gonna happen, dawgtards.

yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
9:55 am

anger so many of you have- resist the dark side you must

jdawgs34

December 13th, 2010
9:57 am

This is what needs to change in Athens, quit treating the fans and supporters that attend the game like children. We have gone to a corporate atmosphere, with the long time supporters left standing on the outside. So what happens, happens. Interesting that they are advertising for season tickets. Probably the year to purchase….

yoda dawg

December 13th, 2010
9:59 am

jdawg34- a fortune teller you are not. but jedi i am- sense i do that 34 is your age and j your name starts with.

Not Sanford Drive

December 13th, 2010
10:03 am

It has just be reported that Sanford Drive voted for Hussein Obama in 2008.

Boz

December 13th, 2010
10:04 am

One problem with promoting a top assistant to HC is that you don’t get top-rank assistants to join the staff. (Case in point: when CMR came to UGA he served as his own OC and he hired Brian Van Gorder as DC.) Why would Kirby Smart leave Nick Saban’s staff take the same position under an unproven head coach? You could say the same about Malzahn or Halgorsen or any other top coordinator. They’re looking to move up, and taking a lateral to Florida is not an upgrade. In the end Muschamp will probably be his own DC and will hire somebody like Applewhite as OC.

By the way I haven’t heard anyone say it but I think the reason Florida couldn’t get a top-flight head coach is that Urban Meyer WON’T LEAVE. He’s going to have an office there, he’s obviously going to continue giving interviews and stating his opinion on everything, and he’s the exactly the type of jerk who’ll stick a shiv in Muschamp’s back if he ever decides he wants to be HC again. Nobody know this better than Dan Mullen, which I suspect is the reason Mullen is still in Starkville.

moron dawg fan

December 13th, 2010
10:05 am

sanford drive: there havent been any tech fans on this blog living vicariously though florida. settle down. it seems to mostly be uga fans making (fairly) reasonable statements. (if not misspelling ‘traitor’). obsess much?

as far as what snoop dog is smoking. i think that’s probably pretty obvious.

McDawg

December 13th, 2010
10:08 am

why would kirby smart make that move-become a DC under a defensive guy but if he did he will be officially persona non grata in the state of Georgia

Time for a Change!

December 13th, 2010
10:16 am

I’m loving all these changes! Was I disappointed to see Muschamp go to UF? Absolutely I was, but that mean Dan Mullen will still be available next year after Richt has another sub-par season that WE all know he will have. He has become complacent in his duties as HC of one of the most prestigious coaching jobs in college football and let the program fall apart. He has lost control of the players which means they do not respect him. They are an organization of thugs and hoodlums! Its pathetic the way the program has descended the last 5 years. YES 5 years? With the exception of 2007 which in my opinion was a fluke. He needs to go and after next year Dan Mullen will be the lead DAWG at UGA!! Remember he and McGarity know each other and I’m sure they’ve had many conversations already behind the scenes we just have to suffer through one more year of mediocre Richt football!!! GO DAWGS bring on Mullen!!!

GatorBait 18-3

December 13th, 2010
10:22 am

Time for a Change!

Totally agree, Mullen would be great for Georgia. That said, I hope he goes to Texas.

Class of '98

December 13th, 2010
10:22 am

Haha Muschamp is a “trader”? Is he on E-Trade, does he play the market?

Anyhoo, he was 0-4 in Jacksonville as a player. Lets hope the losing streak continues.

Go dawgs. Sic em.

DawginLex

December 13th, 2010
10:23 am

If Kirby Smart goes to florida as DC, he makes Nick Saban look like a fool after last year with his “I don’t believe in moving from one school to the other for the same position.”

DawginLex

December 13th, 2010
10:25 am

What if Bobo gets hired as Florida’s OC to coach with his buddy?

:) :)

bill

December 13th, 2010
10:25 am

Maybe Applewhite will turn Will down, and he will hire his pal Bobo to be UF OC…we can only hope.

bossdawg

December 13th, 2010
10:34 am

yoda,Stop acting like a dawg fan .We all know yoda is a techie and nobody that short and ugly would be a dawg.

Dawg_Mike

December 13th, 2010
10:35 am

I personally don’t give a rats hiney where Muschamp played ball. If he coaches the Gators, then I hate him as much as anyone else that wears the orange and blue.

Dawg_Mike

December 13th, 2010
10:36 am

Guck the Fators. Period. End of story.

GaTruth

December 13th, 2010
10:39 am

I went to the UT – A&M game in Austin. UT’s D was as uninspired as I have ever seen a team. They got pancaked all year. They couldn’t stop Iowa State – IOWA STATE! But, it’s not unlike other jobs in that Muschamp will br fired up and FL has great athletes. Dawgs better get settled in and ready to fight.

Jamie

December 13th, 2010
10:40 am

Gators, a 7-5 team, hired a 5-7 asst coach with no head coach exp.

Huntsville Dog

December 13th, 2010
10:43 am

Don’t see why Smart would leave Bama for the same job at Florida.

schmeckdawg

December 13th, 2010
10:43 am

Dawg_Mike I am with you 1,000%!!!!

Muschamp or Muschump?

December 13th, 2010
10:43 am

Enter your comments here

DawginOH

December 13th, 2010
10:51 am

The only UGA slant I can put on all these coaching moves is that CMR has been provided with a golden opportunity to take back the reigns not only in the Florida rivalry, but in the SEC as a whole. If he can’t get something done in 2011, it might just be time for Dan Mullen. I like Richt a lot. But I like Georgia winning a whole lot better.

DawginLex

December 13th, 2010
10:54 am

If richt blows it in 2011, you can bet the first call will be to Peterson at Boise and he will listen after the way they got snubbed this year with only one loss.

ATL XMAN

December 13th, 2010
10:55 am

richt is fine. uga is sitting very pretty right now with all the changes going on and uga knows what coach richt can do. look for uga to win a few more sec east titles here real soon. we have the talent pool getting bigger this coming year that will set us up for a pretty good run.

ATL XMAN

December 13th, 2010
10:57 am

richt is not going to blow anything guys. his down years are behind him and it only goes up from here. might be another 6 years before he loses 5 games again

droopydawg

December 13th, 2010
10:58 am

Boling and Ben Jones made the list? Is that a joke?

Foley's Folly?

December 13th, 2010
10:59 am

UF AD Foley is rolling the dice on this one. He’s hired Muschamp for his potential.Potential is a funny thing –Muschamp may have already reached his full limit. The history of football, both on the college and pro level, is littered with coordinators (both O and D) who were fantastic at their coordinator’s job but later proved hapless as head coaches. Just an observation–Muschamp fits that DC profile: very aggressive, a screamer, emotional, a curser–all attributes of a good DC but not necessarily of a head coach. How will he handle fund raising, the alumni, boosters, the media, offensive players, offensive recruits? Does he have the sophistication and temperment to excel as a HC in the SEC. We’ll see. As asked above, will he be Muschamp or Muschump?

droopydawg

December 13th, 2010
10:59 am

Believe it or not, Dawgs fans, but UGA is only about the 10-15th most attractive job in college football. UF is an objectively better job (unfortunately), so it would not be that big a deal if Smart moves laterally there. This is also why firing Richt is unlikely to yield a better coach. We are more likely to end up with a Zook than a Meyer.